Nonviolent Action Method #18: Displays of Flags and Symbols

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Displays of Flags and Symbols

This technique showcases the flag or colors of a national, religious, social or political group, in a form of nonviolent protest that draws on the existence of deep emotions or from the intention to stir them.

In 2005, Israel began construction of the wall along the West Bank, ostensibly to keep out suicide bombers. However, in some towns, such as Bil'in, the wall also prevented Palestinians from accessing the majority of their farmland. Residents began to gather at the wall every week to protest, waving Palestinian flags.

(Editor's Note: This week, we are featuring five different methods of nonviolent protest as described in Gene Sharp's book The Politics of Nonviolent Action. If you want to read ESA's entire catalogue of methods, you may do so here, or download the full list of 198 methods here.)

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